Flash Movie Review: Unfinished Business

From my various job experiences I have witnessed some pretty cutthroat dealings. Unless the company you work for has a unique, one of a kind type of product; there will always be someone else who will try to outdo your company. The majority of salespeople I have encountered really are the company’s foot soldiers. One can also say they are the circus performers who do acrobatic twists and turns in order to please their customers as they try to “seal the deal.” I know I could never do sales because I do not have the temperament for it. From all my business dealings I could work with any customer until I discovered they were dishonest. Once that happens I lose all respect for them. There are certain products or stores I will not go near because of the way I was treated either as a customer or vendor. Even if a company’s salesperson meets with me and during our conversation speaks negatively about their competitor, it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Some people say just by definition the word job has no place for fun; I disagree with that type of thinking. Sure it can be hard work, but I feel there needs to be something fun about the workday to keep people motivated. On the other hand I have seen where some individuals have had way too much fun.    DESPERATE to land a big business deal and save his fledgling company Dan Trunkman, played by Vince Vaughn (Couples Retreat, Delivery Man), flew to Europe with his employees Mike Pancake and Timothy McWinters, played by Dave Franco (Warm Bodies, 21 Jump Street) and Tom Wilkinson (Selma, The Lone Ranger). With stiff competition going against them the three workers were willing to do anything to win the business. Let me say right at the beginning; consider the movie trailer for this comedy to be its highlights reel. I understood what the story was trying to do, but I thought it lacked imagination and originality. There were several times where I was simply bored. One of the main issues for me had to do with Vince’s performance. It was no different from the past several roles he has performed; they were all the same and it drove me crazy. He really could use a fresh team around him that pushes him to stretch his acting ability. I will keep my fingers crossed for him since he will be starring in next season’s drama series, True Detective. Tom Wilkinson was his usual good self and I believe this was the first time I really thought Dave took ownership of his role. As a movie reviewer I am forced to see many “bad” films; I could have used combat pay for my time with this one.

 

1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 11, 2015, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I agree with you in many respects, but still liked it even if it was repetitive.

  2. Having loved the first season of True Detective, I admit I am worried about Vaughn’s casting for the second season. I’m hoping he proves me wrong but I can’t remember when the last time was that I enjoyed his performance in anything. It appears from your review that this movie fits that pattern of him bring lacklustre.

    • I too am nervous since I loved the first season and was thrown when they announced Vince for season 2. My fingers, legs and eyes will be crossed hoping the show won’t tank.

  3. Yikes! Sounds like one of the To Be Avoided at All Costs movies!! Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

  4. I love your style. You are always respectful and honest, not harsh without reason, and I am always curious about your clear point of view. Every time I feel like I have something to learn from you. Thanks for all the reviews !
    ps : It’s like Vince Vaughn is stuck in a role from which he cannot be freed. I think he could do much more, like you said.

    • Thank you for the kind words and comments; I appreciate it deeply and am thrilled you find something of interest in my reviews. Thank you for stopping by to leave them.

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